The Quirimbas Archipelago is a string of small islands that stretch north of Mozambique’s coastal city, Pemba. This protected environment is part of the Quirimbas National Park. An unspoiled paradise, its islands are isolated retreats where the calm tide sets their slow island pace. Rich coral reefs and abundant marine life provide world-class fishing, snorkeling, and scuba diving spots. The remote and wild islands of Quirimbas are home to a limited collection of barefoot luxury lodges and beach bungalows.
This beautiful beach destination combines well with an East African or Southern African safari. Direct flights into Pemba, the mainland hub, arrive from Johannesburg, South Africa and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Quilalea Island lies within the southern stretch of Quirimbas Archipelago. Azura Quilalea is a hidden treasure on 86 acres of tropical island. Surrounded by the Indian Ocean’s clear, sky-blue waters, this private island offers a remote and luxurious beach getaway. Spend your days snorkeling or diving off of its shores of sandy coves and coral cliffs, taking sunset cruises, kayaking between mangrove trees, bird watching, or relaxing in a hammock under the shade of baobabs.
Vamizi Island is located in the remote northern stretch of the Quirimbas Archipelago. This thin, curved island is lined with white sandy beaches that are perfect for relaxing walks. Underwater reefs in the area offer world-class diving and snorkeling adventures along some of the world’s healthiest coral ecosystems. The sustainably built, private villas provide an unforgettable island experience. This island is also home to the “Vamizi Island Project,” which uses funds derived from tourism to carry out wildlife conservation and community development projects to protect this sensitive environment. These projects are especially important for the island’s green turtle population, which is carefully monitored and protected by the island’s conservation team.
The Quirimbas Archipelago is protected from extreme coastal weather due to its low-lying, offshore position. With a tropical climate, temperatures average between the low to high 80s during the day, with comfortable nights in the 60s to mid-70s. The warmest months are October to April, and most of the year’s rain typically falls from December to March, when passing tropical rain showers occur. The cooler and drier months last from May to September.
Wild Samango monkeys, giant coconut crabs, and a spectacular diversity of birdlife are a few of the highlights in this beautiful archipelago. Just offshore, its waters are home to an extraordinary population of marine life. Considered to be one of the healthiest coral reef ecosystems in the world, the dramatic stretches of reef are alive with more than 400 species of fish and can easily be explored by snorkeling, diving, or kayaking. A seasonal wildlife highlight occurs between July and September when humpback whales migrate through the area. Humpback families swim through deep-water channels around the island en route to breeding and feeding grounds – an unforgettable experience.